SafetyNet 351, February 17, 2016
This week began tragically - a construction worker fell to his death on a building site in Carlton on Monday morning. Four Victorian workers have been killed in 2016. This is why we must continue to fight for health and safety for all workers.
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Construction worker killed
According to police reports, the construction worker died in an incident at a building site at the intersection of Berkeley and Pelham streets just before 8:30am on Monday morning. The CFMEU said the 54-year old was killed after falling approximately 20 metres down a lift well in an incident at a Hamilton Marino site in Carlton.Emergency crews were alerted to the incident and immediately rushed to the scene. Paramedics then tried to save the man on site but failed to revive him.
The union said that while the building industry is dangerous, but workplace fatalities are unacceptable. The fatality immediately triggered the CFMEU's Industry Fatality Policy on all sites:
Step 1: Provide a report on the incident to workers on-site.
Step 2: Observe 1 minute silence.
Step 3: Full OHS audit of your site.
VTHC welcomes Government WorkSafe review
Last week the Minister for Finance Robin Scott announced the appointment of an expert panel to review and strengthen occupational health and safety across the state. The Minister said the panel would report on WorkSafe Victoria's compliance and enforcement policy and activities, its provision of OHS compliance information and the promotion of OHS awareness, education and training. "Workplace safety is a key priority of the Andrews Labor Government and this review will determine what's working and what can be improved to ensure that Victorians return home safely," said the Minister. "I am pleased to appoint the OHS review panel and am confident that their collective knowledge and experience will allow for a thorough review of WorkSafe's compliance and enforcement activity."
VTHC Secretary, Luke Hilakari, said "Safeguarding Victorian workers' health and safety is vital; the union movement welcomes a review of how our regulator reinforces its proactive approach to preventing workplace injury and disease through its compliance, enforcement and educational activities."
The panel will be chaired by Dr Claire Noone, who has significant experience in regulatory policy and practice. Also on the panel are Ms Cathy Butcher, until mid-2015 the VTHC's OHS Officer, who has extensive experience in OHS advocacy and regulatory reform, and Ms
Margaret Donnan, who has substantial industry experience including in
Read more: Government Media Release. Kevin Jones safetyatwork blog
I have just been elected as OHS rep for my DWG and I am waiting to attend the Initial training course. I have a safety issue I want addressed at the next OHS Committee and I have had it put on the agenda, but management has told me that because I have not done my training I cannot go to the meeting. Is that correct or can I insist on attending?
Of course your employer is totally incorrect! A person becomes an HSR the moment they are elected, and under the Victorian OHS Act, the HSR is immediately allowed to exercise his or her rights and powers under the Act – including issuing a PIN or even ordering that work cease (in cases where there is an immediate risk to health and safety).
The other issue is that if there's a health and safety problem/concern that's specific to your DWG, then you don't (and probably shouldn't) wait to raise it at the health and safety committee meeting. Insisting that issues go to the committee before they are addressed is sometimes a management tactic to delay matters being resolved. (Take a look at this page on how to resolve issues). You can, and should, start raising health and safety issues immediately! The OHS Committee should be looking at broader issues, policies, procedures and so on, which apply to the whole workplace. (More information on the role of the OHS Committee and the role of the HSR)
With regard to the OHS Committee though, you need to clarify whether you are a member of the committee - you may not be, especially if you are at a large workplace. It may be that the OHS Committee does not have all elected reps on it. The Act states that at least half of the members of the OHS Committee must be employee reps, and, where practicable, must be elected health and safety reps. This doesn't mean all the reps necessarily. However, there is nothing in the Act that states an HSR must be trained before being allowed to attend the OHS Committee meeting.
Please send any OHS related queries in to Ask Renata - your query will be responded to as quickly as we can – usually within a couple of days.
Injured Workers Group - meeting tomorrow, Thursday February 18
The Injured Workers Group is a not for profit organisation run by injured workers for injured workers. Our purpose is to provide information on injured workers' rights and to establish links within their local community health system and other organisations that can offer support.
- To assist and support workers who have sustained work related injuries & disabilities
- To provide and share information and experiences about the workers compensation system and the rights of injured & disabled workers
- To form networks between injured workers and other organisations that have similar aims and objectives
All injured workers are welcome to attend its meetings, which are run at the Trades Hall at 11.30am every 3rd Thursday of each month. For more information call Sam (03) 9659 3569, or visit their website.
Reminder: February 25 launch of the OHS Activist Hub
It is not too late for HSRs to RSVP for the launch of the OHS Network: We Fight for Health & Safety!
Meet people passionate about OHS, have some pizza and be the first to hear what's next for OHS campaigns in 2016
Thursday 25th February, 5.30-6.30pm
Meeting Room 1 (Access via Victoria Street Entrance)
Trades Hall, 54 Victoria St, South Carlton
Lyall Watts, dedicated anti-asbestos campaigner, remembered in Cancer Council Grant
Cancer Council Victoria has announced a special category under the Biomedical Research Grants: the Lyall Watts Mesothelioma Research Grant. Mr Watts, who was an active member of all of Victoria's asbestos advocacy groups, and Secretary of Asbestoswise, passed away on November 15, 2014. He and his passion are sadly missed. The research grant commencing in July 2016, aims to support research in Victoria, at both laboratory and clinical levels, into the pathogenesis, prevention, diagnosis or treatment of mesothelioma.
See: Vale Lyall Watts. Details, including application forms on the Cancer Council Victoria's website.
State Government gives Eye and Ear Hospital extra funds
The redevelopment of the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital has taken longer than expected with costs blowing out to $200 million after buildings were found to be riddled with asbestos. The work suffered major delays when more and more asbestos was discovered. News this weekend was that the redevelopment will be completed before the next state election with the Andrews government agreeing to put an extra $31 million into the project. However, construction will not be completed until late 2018 - one year later than originally planned and five years after work began.
In announcing the funding, Health Minister Jill Hennessy accused the former Liberal government of botching the redevelopment by failing to properly plan for significant asbestos removal, leaving behind a $30 million "black hole". Read more: The Sunday Age
Dozens of Australian building sites contaminated by illegal Chinese asbestos imports
On the weekend, the ABC and various papers reported that more than 50 building sites across Australia are suspected of illegal asbestos contamination from China - the VTHC and our affiliates know for a fact that is only the "tip of the iceberg". The ACTU, unions, and asbestos awareness support groups have raised this issue with the Federal government and over the past few years have had meetings with the Department of Customs and Border Protection Service before it was 'dissolved'. It has been absorbed into the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA) CEO Peter Tighe said he was aware of 64 sites where asbestos-tainted concrete fibre sheeting has been used in construction. State workplace safety authorities are monitoring 17 sites in New South Wales, 13 in Queensland, 11 in South Australia and eight in Victoria.
Understandably, unionists, such as Simon Pisoni from the SA branch of the Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union is (that) angry asbestos imports remain a problem more than a decade after the ban. "We've seen the devastation that it's caused to people working on this type of material, and so for it to be imported and get that same exposure again is unforgivable," he told the ABC.
Coincidentally, the Senate Economics References Committee inquiry into non-conforming building products held a public hearing in Melbourne this week. The inquiry, scheduled to report on 16 March, is examining the economic impact of non-conforming building products on the Australian building and construction industry, as well as the effect these products have on workplace safety and industry supply chains, including importers, manufacturers and fabricators.
The CFMEU continues its its call
for the Federal Government to take a "hard line" against the importation
of unsafe building products that don't meet Australian Standards. It
said these products included the non-compliant aluminium cladding on a
Melbourne building that caught fire in 2013.
Read more: Dozens of Australian building sites contaminated by illegal Chinese imports ABC News online.
Asbestos found in new tram substations
In another example of asbestos in imported products, it was revealed this week that four new electrical tram substations - in East Brighton, the CBD, Thornbury and one is under construction in West Brunswick - have been built in Melbourne with flooring containing chrysotile (white asbestos) banned in Australia in 2003.
Adelaide-based Robin Johnson Engineering, subcontracted by Seimens to build the substations, claims it was deceived by its Chinese supplier, which provided documentation stating the flooring material was asbestos-free.
Phil Altieri, tram division secretary of the Rail, Tram and Bus Union, said it was "extremely disappointing" to learn asbestos has been installed, given there was a major program to eradicate it from the tram network in the 1990s. "To now find a brand new, supposed state-of-the-art substation actually contains asbestos is absolutely disgusting," Mr Altieri said. "There are workers who have to maintain those substations on a regular basis and they will be at risk."
Read more: Asbestos found in four new tram substations built in Melbourne last year The Age
Asbestos Eradication Agency under-funded under Abbott-Turnbull Government
The Federal Labor Party is calling on the Government to properly fund the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (AESA), which is facing severe funding problems, said Shadow Workplace Relations Minister Brendan O'Connor. In Senate Estimates late last week, it was revealed that the lack of funding from the Government is preventing the Agency from implementing its national strategic plan. A Government official said: "We have some difficulties in relation to our overall funding and we're really in a bit of a hiatus at the present time - we don't have the capacity to move on to the outcomes and the evidence base we need for the full implementation of the national strategic plan."
Shadow Minister O'Connor said, "It is unacceptable that AESA is coming up against barriers in implementing its very important work dealing with asbestos and its impact on Australians." Given that Australia has one of the highest rates of mesothelioma in the world, the Minister added "It is vital that the ASEA be properly funded to ensure we understand and combat the ongoing risks of asbestos in our community."
With bipartisan support, Labor established ASEA to oversee the safe removal of asbestos and its abolition.
Source: Brendan O'Connor Media Release
ASEA National Asbestos Exposure Register Data Analysis Report
The agency has released its National Asbestos Exposure Data Analysis Report covering the period 1 July 2015 to 31 December 2015. The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency manages the National Asbestos Exposure Register which records the details of members of the community who think they may have been exposed to asbestos. The agency collates the data for statistical purposes.
The Report can be downloaded here
Reminder: Asbestos in Your Home - Asbestoswise Public Information Sessions Feb/ Mar 2016
Asbestos diseases support and advocacy group Asbestoswise will be running a number of public information sessions on 'Asbestos in Your Home' at four municipal councils. The sessions are free, and those attending will be provided with an interesting presentation and up to date information sheets to take home. Light refreshments will also be served.
- Monday February 22 - 10.30am & 7.00pm
Knox City Council, Knox Civic Centre,
511 Burwood Hwy, Wantirna South
Registration Contact: 9298 8000
- Thursday February 25 - 1.30pm & 6.30pm
Hobsons Bay City Council, Meeting Room 2, Civic Centre
115 Civic Parade, Altona
Registration Contact: 9932 1504
- Monday March 7 - 10.30am & 7.00pm
City of Monash, Civic Centre
293 Springvale Rd, Glen Waverley
Registration Contact: 9518 3539
- Wednesday March 9 - 9.30am & 6.30pm
Hume City Council, Global Learning Centre
1093 Pascoe Vale Rd, Broadmeadows
Registration Contact: 9205 2599
Everyone is welcome, but Registration is crucial!
ACT: Mr Fluffy homeowners waiting to return to their blocks to rebuild
Mr Fluffy homeowners waiting to return to their blocks to rebuild should see some action from the ACT Government soon, after bringing on the debate relating to two legislative issues. Mick Gentleman, ACT Minister for Planning and Land Management, has asked the Asbestos Response Taskforce to press ahead with the demolition schedule to remove houses safely and efficiently. So far, 77 houses have been demolished.
ASEA 2015 Conference Material available
The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency has now loaded material from the 2nd International Conference on Asbestos Awareness and Management, held in Brisbane at the Convention and Exhibition Centre November 22 - 24, 2015 onto its website. Below are links to photos taken throughout the conference and also the conference highlights video. The session snapshots will be available in the coming weeks however you can also access session presentations.
Union Welcomes Black Lung Inquiry
The CFMEU Mining campaign "Make Black Lung History", launched after six cases were diagnosed, took a big step forward last week when the Senate Standing Committee on Health announced a Senate Inquiry into Black Lung disease.
CFMEU Mining and Energy division General President Tony Maher said the combination of a national public inquiry and the Queensland Government's reviews on the issue gave him confidence all governments would work together to come up with a solution to the growing health crisis. "This national inquiry allows victims and experts to have their say in an open public forum, make submissions and get all the issues out in the open," Mr Maher said.
The union's Dust to Dust; Make Black Lung History campaign is seeking six clear commitments from Government.
- New legislation requiring dust levels to be monitored and publicly reported by an independent statutory body – identifying individual mines by name and company.
- Ensure suitably qualified "B Readers" review all x-rays taken of coalmine workers and fund a training programme in industry best practises for coal dust controls.
- Immediately clear the backlog of 100,000 outstanding worker medicals in Queensland.
- Healthcare and screening to be extended into workers' retirement.
- Identify other at-risk workers by randomly sampling those with 15+ years service in the mining industry and performing checks.
- A community information program to encourage people in mining communities to be checked.
Read more: CFMEU Media release
Australian councils still using glyphosate
Despite a World Health Organisation (WHO) warning and an International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classification that the weed killer glyphosate probably causes cancer, the ABC this week revealed that councils across Australia are still using the chemical in sensitive areas like playgrounds. The commercial name of the chemical is Roundup.
The Federal Department of Health and the Australian Pesticide and Veterinary Medicine Authority (APVMA), which regulates all pesticides, including herbicides like glyphosate, are now re-assessing the risks it presents to humans, and expects the investigation to be finalised in May or June. Of concern is that the APVMA "consider(s) that current labels for glyphosate products contain appropriate instructions for use to keep those regularly handling glyphosate safe.
When the IARC working group determined last year that it would classify glyphosate as "probably carcinogenic to humans" Monsanto, the world's largest producer of Roundup, queried the science, wanted to meet with WHO and IARC members, and sought a retraction (SafetyNet 318). In addition to the chemical's carcinogenicity, a recent study has shown that long-term exposure to tiny amounts of glyphosate-based herbicides (GBH), such as Roundup, thousands of times lower than what is permitted in U.S. drinking water, may lead to serious problems in the liver and kidneys (SafetyNet 337).
Councils should immediately stop using the chemical - to protect the health of both the community and also the workers handling the pesticide. WorkSafe Victoria is currently preparing advice on glyphosate for councils and others.
Read more: Local councils still using weed killer glyphosate despite WHO warning it 'probably causes cancer' ABC News Online
International Union News
UK: Union safety reps save economy millions every year, says TUC
The UK's network of 100,000 trade union health and safety reps not only help reduce injuries and ill-health at work, but save the economy many millions of pounds, according to a new TUC report published last week. The report was published during the TUC's Heartunions week which started on 8 February to showcase the contribution unions make to workplaces and communities.
The Union Effect: How unions make a difference on health and safety [pdf] reveals that health and safety reps:
- Help reduce injuries at work and ill-health caused by your job: workplaces which have a union presence have a 24% lower rate of injuries than non-unionised workplaces. A 2013 campaign in Weetabix to increase union involvement in health and safety led to more than 30% reduction in all work-related injuries across all sites in the first 12 months.
- Encourage greater reporting of injuries and awareness of risks: workers with a health and safety committee are more than twice as likely to have been given health and safety training in the previous year than workers without one.
- Help develop a positive safety culture in organisations: where staff have safety reps they have a voice and are more willing to raise issues. Unions also help make their members more aware of safety issues in the workplace.
- Save the economy many millions of pounds: it is estimated that safety reps save society more than £181m by cutting down on the time lost from workplace injuries, and save more than 286,000 days that would have been lost to work-related illness.
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said: "Union health and safety reps play a huge role in protecting people at work and save the economy millions. Good employers recognise the importance of working with unions to ensure their shops, offices and factories are safe."
Read more: TUC Media Release
Pakistan: Union roadmap to improve brick kiln conditions
A detailed roadmap for local agencies to address bonded labour and unsafe working conditions in Pakistan's brick kilns has been created with the assistance of the US union organisation the Solidarity Center. The proposed programme includes incentives for employers to ensure their facilities meet decent work standards. The Solidarity Center says the Decent Work Brick Kiln–Framework provides an inspection checklist to monitor work standards at a kiln along with other comprehensive tools and resources for district labour departments, which have not until now had the mechanisms to effectively monitor conditions. The framework also proposes an incentive-based model in which brick kiln employers receive 5 per cent above the market price for government-procured bricks. It says this will enable employers, who currently have no incentive to change long-held practices, to absorb the cost of social protection and enable them to earn extra profits for ensuring a decent work environment. "The Solidarity Center's proposed decent work brick kiln framework offers a win-win solution for all three social partners," said Solidarity Center Asia region director Tim Ryan. "Workers will have decent working and living conditions; employers will get guaranteed business, and may receive a higher price for their products."
Read more: Solidarity Center news report. Source: Risks 738
Para-occupational exposures to asbestos: lessons learned from Casale Monferrato, Italy
The paper in Occupational and Environmental Medicine by Ferrante et al presents the latest findings from a series of studies revealing the tragic story of the impact of an Eternit asbestos cement facility on the health of the workers and the community in Casale Monferrato, Italy. Casale Monferrato is an area with an exceptionally high incidence of mesothelioma caused by asbestos contamination at work and in the general environment from the asbestos-cement Eternit plant that was operational until 1986.
The purpose of this study was to quantify the association between pleural malignant mesothelioma (PMM) and asbestos cumulative exposure using individual assessment of environmental and domestic exposure, as well as of occupational exposure. The study provides strong evidence of an association between PMM and non-occupational exposures to asbestos. An approximately twofold increase in risk was observed for having lived with a family member who worked in the Eternit asbestos cement plant, or having been exposed from domestic or environmental sources.
Read more: Ferrante, D, et al Pleural mesothelioma and occupational and non-occupational asbestos exposure: a case-control study with quantitative risk assessment [Full text] Occup Environ Med 2016;73:145-146 doi:10.1136/oemed-2015-103233
Public sector workers sleep-deprived
Gruelling working hours across the public sector are leaving workers sleep deprived, with many only managing six hours sleep per night, a study has found. Research led by the University of Leeds and commissioned and funded by bed firm Silentnight found nearly a third of Britons suffered from sleepless nights as a result of long work hours and job-related pressure and stress. People employed in the public sector – including workers in education, health, and local government – slept for six hours a night on average, below the NHS recommendation of seven to eight hours per night. A quarter of those working in social care suffered from "dangerously low" averages of five hours or less per night. One in five people reported serious issues related to tiredness - including problems staying awake, socialising, feeling enthusiastic about day-to-day tasks, driving and maintaining concentration. About 21 per cent reported that they worked over 40 hours a week and 30 per cent reported that their work negatively affected their sleep.
who considered their jobs to be stressful were significantly more
likely to take longer to fall asleep, to be unhappy with their sleep and
to sleep less. The researchers warned both lack of sleep and stress at
work are associated with reduced health-related quality of life. Dr Anna
Weighall, of the School of Psychology at the University of Leeds, who
led the study, said: "The extent to which our work is stressful and
working long hours seem to be important factors associated with poor
sleep. And in many cases British people are sleeping below the
recommended amount." She added: "Given that good sleep health has been
shown to be crucial for our health and well-being this is a real public
health issue. Many respondents reported work and job-related stress
impacted on their sleep, with 42 per cent of the people we spoke to
branding their job stressful, it is unsurprising sleep patterns are
Read more: Leeds University news release. Source: Risks 738
Children and lead
Lead is an accumulative poison. The severe effects of lead exposure include damage to the nervous system, kidney damage, sterility and birth defects, anaemia, and interference with the body's blood forming mechanism. Children are more susceptible to lead poisoning than adults. Elevated lead concentrations in pregnant women will affect the developing foetus. (see Lead for more information)
Reports in today's media that recent Macquarie University research suggests that children living in suburbs with higher lead levels are more likely to commit violent crimes later in life. This supports earlier studies, which found that early lead exposure is a risk factor for criminal behaviour, including violent crime, in adulthood. Mark Taylor, a professor of environmental science at Macquarie University and the research team's leader, said the study was the first of its kind in Australia to test a potential link between aggressive crime and childhood lead exposure on such a broad scale. "This is further proof that childhood exposures to neurotoxins, such as those released during the period of leaded petrol use have lifelong effects," he said.
In Australia, historically, there were three sources of lead: lead paint, lead petrol and mining and smelting emissions. The study found the link between exposure and assault rates existed regardless of whether the lead came from smelting or petrol.
Read more: Children exposed to higher lead levels more likely to commit violent crimes later in life, study says ABC News online; Child lead exposure linked to aggressive crime later in life: study The Conversation
OHS Regulator News
WorkSafe announces "iconic building" for Geelong
WorkSafe Victoria yesterday announced Melbourne-based developer Quintessential Equity won the tender to deliver its new headquarters in Geelong. It says the $120 million project 'will provide a modern gateway to Victoria's largest regional city with design features including a captivating external façade that merges the historic Dalgety & Co. building with a modern structure.' The office will span across 14 levels and incorporate sustainable design by targeting a 6-star green star rating and 5 star NABERS rating. WorkSafe
Chief Executive Clare Amies joined Minister for Finance Robin Scott and stakeholders for the announcement at the proposed building site in Geelong. "This is a significant milestone in the relocation of our headquarters to Geelong and we're very excited to start this journey with Quintessential Equity," Ms Amies said. "The new headquarters at 1 Malop Street will house over 700 WorkSafe employees and contractors at its completion in 2018." Read more: WorkSafe Media release
WorkSafe looking for inspectors: last chance
It's your last chance to apply for a position of inspector with WorkSafe Victoria: the closing date for applications is February 19. We urge more HSRs and in particular more women to apply. In the latest intake, only two of over twenty of the last set of new recruits were women!
Find out more, including the position description
Safe Work Australia news
Safe Work Fatality statistics
As at February 17, 15 fatalities had been reported to Safe Work - this is four more deaths since February 3. The fatalities this year have been in the following industries:
- 3 in the Transport, postal and warehouse sector;
- 4 in Agriculture, forestry and fishing;
- 4 in Construction;
- 1 in Electricity, gas, water & waste services;
- 1 in Health care & social assistance;
- 1 in 'other services';
- 1 in professional, scientific & technical services
More information on which industries the fatalities occurred in is accessible on the Safe Work Australia Work-related fatalities page.
The latest monthly fatality report released remains that for August 2015 during which there were 14 work-related notifiable fatalities.
Queensland regulator releases new video
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has released Jason's Story – aimed at construction companies and young workers, in a bid to reduce the number of deaths and injuries in the sector.
The film is based on the February 2012 electrocution of 20-year-old worker Jason Garrels, whose death was the subject of a recent Queensland coronial inquest. The coroner found that the electrical circuit did not have a safety switch and the circuit breakers did not comply with wiring regulations. Jason had only been working at the Clermont site for nine days.
When launching the video, Queensland Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace said "Jason's Story shows that the tragedy could easily have been avoided and how it has impacted on the lives of his family, friends and colleagues."
Jason's story is also available on DVD - copies can be ordered by email.
In a week which began with a construction worker losing his life in a fall in Victoria, and a report that in NSW two workers have been killed in falls and another eight seriously injured, it is disappointing to see companies getting no more than a slap on the wrist for incidents that could equally have ended in tragedy.
Construction company enters into Enforceable Undertaking after fall
DiMac Constructions Proprietary Limited ('DiMac'), a Geelong civil construction company, has entered into an Enforceable Undertaking (EU) with WorkSafe Victoria, following a potentially fatal fall. On 10 June 2015 employees of DiMac were receiving reinforcing mesh from a crane on the second story of a house being constructed in Geelong, when an employee fell approximately 3.3 metres to the ground and suffered injuries. An investigation revealed there was no fall protection on the inside of the building or the internal side of the scaffold.
Under the EA, the company undertook to employ an independent consultant to review its OHS management systems and Procedures. Further, the company undertook to donate: $20,000 to the Australian Drug Foundation (to assist in the development of a drug and alcohol awareness app 'Tradie Trainer'); $10,000 to the Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR).
Construction company convicted and fined $1000 after sub-contractor falls
Construction company Mainline Developments Pty Ltd was the principal contractor for a multi-townhouse development in Safety Beach. It engaged a subcontractor to construct timber frames for the townhouses. On 30 July 2014 the subcontractor was placing building materials on the upper floor of townhouse for flooring. An employee of the sub-contractor was standing on a plank placed across an unprotected stair void on the upper floor of the townhouse, whilst another worker passed floor sheets up to him from the ground floor. The employee fell at least two metres from the plank to the ground. A crane had been provided by Mainline Developments and used by the subcontractor on previous occasions to lift building materials up to the upper storeys of the townhouses, but was not used on this occasion. The sub-contractor was placed on a diversion program with conditions (see Diversion 3 of 2015-16). Mainline Developments pleaded guilty to breaching S26(1) of the OHS Act and was, with conviction, fined just $1,000 plus costs of $3017.
Read more (the Diversion and other prosecutions): Prosecution Result Summaries and Enforceable Undertakings. WorkSafe Victoria
UK: HSE to prosecute film company after Star Wars incident
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) last week informed Foodles Production (UK) Ltd that it will be prosecuted over an incident in which actor Harrison Ford was seriously injured during the filming of Star Wars: The Forces Awakens. Foodles Production (UK) Ltd, based in London, will appear at High Wycombe Magistrates Court on 12 May 2016 to face four charges of breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act. Mr Ford suffered a broken leg and other injuries when he was struck by a heavy hydraulic metal door on the set of the Millennium Falcon. The incident happened on 12 June 2014 at Pinewood Studios.
Read more: HSE Media Statement
UK: HSE Statistics page
The UK's HSE is surveying users on what they think of their statistics page. We had a look at it and think it looks good - it provides information on fatalities, mesothelioma deaths, injuries, diseases, costs and much more. It may be something our regulators should look at - finding up-to-date information can be time consuming and very frustrating!
Check it out: HSE Health and Safety Statistics